Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: September 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, septiembre 2014
September 18th was a notable day for El Salvador. The U.S. finally approved disbursement of the $277 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development grant, former president Francisco Flores, who had been charged with embezzlement and went into hiding for 123 days, was ordered from house arrest to jail, and Francisco Altschul presented his credentials to President Obama for the second time as El Salvador’s Ambassador to the U.S.
Friday, September 5th, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: August 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, augusto 2014
The early summer months of 2014 will be remembered as a frightening time for the Central American children that found their way to the southern border of the United States. There, thousands of unaccompanied Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran minors and mothers with children crossed the Rio Grande River onto U.S. soil and waited to be detained by the Border Patrol. The humanitarian crisis in South Texas evolved into a political crisis as the story made headlines for weeks. It left the U.S. Congress roiling, but still unable to act. The paralysis on the Hill, in turn, forced the Obama Administration to begin a politically fraught plan for executive action on immigration reform.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: July 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, julio 2014
For the first time since the 1980s, Central America is on Washington’s radar. On this occasion, however, it is not the perceived threat of a communist invasion on the Texas border that has prompted attention, but the seemingly sudden arrival on that border of an unprecedented wave of children from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: June 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, junio 2014
On June 1st, Salvador Sánchez Cerén was sworn in as President of El Salvador with all due pomp and ceremony. The former guerrilla commander’s acceptance speech was widely praised as conciliatory, and the exuberant President later told supporters, “I struggled for 50 years for my dreams, and now I am here, President of the Republic!”
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: May 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, mayo 2014
Salvador Sánchez Cerén, El Salvador’s President-elect, devoted the month before his June 1st inauguration to diplomatic visits, cabinet appointments, and political negotiations. He continued his good will mission, reassuring the international community that the FMLN (Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional) is prepared for an “honest and transparent” administration.
Monday, May 19th, 2014 | CDA
LINDA GARRETT: El Salvador: New Government, New Opportunity for Peace?
On June 1st, El Salvador’s former insurgents, the FMLN, will see its candidate, President-Elect Sánchez Cerén, sworn into office following a peaceful transition. But, he will immediately face a deeply difficult problem. More than 20 years after its brutal civil war ended, El Salvador remained a violent country convulsed by a culture of gang violence, until a controversial 2012 truce between the gangs dramatically lowered the national homicide rate.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: April 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, abril 2014
El Salvador’s President-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén and Vice President-elect Óscar Ortiz of the FMLN reached out to the opposition even before the electoral dust had settled. Following a tough campaign, a close finish, and contested results, the FMLN organized amicable meetings with ARENA and with leaders of ANEP, the private enterprise group, and all agreed to maintain a “permanent dialogue” after the Easter holidays.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador Update: March 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, marzo 2014
Two weeks of tension and uncertainty followed El Salvador’s shockingly close March 9th presidential runoff election. The ARENA party refused to accept the results, charging systematic fraud and bias on the part of election officials. The party mounted a series of street demonstrations and filed multiple legal appeals before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the Supreme Court, demanding a total recount.
Friday, February 21st, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador: Second Round Polling Gives FMLN Huge Lead
With just 16 days until the run-off election for the Salvadoran presidency, the FMLN’s lead continues to increase. In the eight polls conducted since the February 2nd election the margin of victory varies from 10 – 18%. By law, February 21st is the final date for publication of poll results…. read more »
Friday, February 14th, 2014 | Linda Garrett
El Salvador’s Presidential Election to the Second Round / Las elecciones presidenciales en El Salvador con miras a una segunda vuelta
n February 2nd, Salvadorans cast ballots in the country’s fifth presidential election since the end of its civil war (1980-1992). The FMLN, the former guerrilla organization, fell just 26,000 votes (or 1.07%) short of obtaining the 50.1% support it needed for a first-round win. ARENA, the conservative party in power from 1989-2009, had a ten point lead in polls when Norman Quijano began his campaign, but the party and its nominee finished ten points behind the FMLN on Election Day.